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Al Gore predicts “The Future”

Feb 7, 2013

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Al Gore tells Larry about “The Future,” Gore’s new book that analyzes six issues that are changing the world.

Al Gore’s new book, “The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change” draws upon his background and observation of the world and identifies six issues causing the degradation of the modern world. These “six drivers” are economic globalization, worldwide digital communications, emerging sources of power that are causing a U.S.-centered system power shift, unsustainable economic growth, genetic and biotechnological advancement that is redefining the natural course of human life and evolution, and the disruption of earth’s ecosystems. Gore asserts that because of these drivers, the world is becoming more linked together and is collectively on a downward path of degradation. However, by analyzing these problems there is potential for change and changing the course of the world. Although these six problems are each given a chapter in his book, Gore also covers topics ranging from cows in Switzerland that text their owners when it’s time to breed, to genetic enhancement and population growth and to income equality issues in the U.S.

Reviewers have criticized that Gore’s new book addresses too many topics and only offers vague solutions for the identified problems. Many have also heavily criticized that although Gore may consider himself a visionary of environmental and economic change, his $500 million sale of Current TV to Al Jazeera is hypocritical.

What solutions does Gore offer to the world’s problems? How accurate are his predictions? Is Gore truly a visionary or is this book just a political move for career possibilities? Is Gore a champion of modern causes or a hypocrite that’s just all talk?

Guest:

Al Gore, former Vice President and author of “The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change” (Random House); chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a nonprofit devoted to solving the climate crisis.  His previous books include “Earth in the Balance,” “An Inconvenient Truth” and “The Assault on Reason.”  He is a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

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